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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] kiobuf/rawio fixes for 2.4.0-test10-pre6
    Hi,

    On Mon, Oct 30, 2000 at 01:56:07PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
    >
    > Seen it, re-read my question...
    >
    > I keep seeing "audio drivers' mmap" used a specific example of a place
    > that would benefit from kiobufs. The current via audio mmap looks quite
    > a bit like mmap_kiobuf and its support code... except without all the
    > kiobuf overhead.
    >
    > My question from above is: how can the via audio mmap in test10-preXX
    > be improved by using kiobufs? I am not a kiobuf expert, but AFAICS a
    > non-kiobuf implementation is better for audio drivers.

    Code reuse. You may not need every single thing that the kvmap api
    gives you --- for example, you may not need the per-mmap refcounting,
    because you might be associating your dma buffer with the file
    descriptor, not the mmap region --- but if you implement the same
    nopage code in every single sound driver, then you end up with a lot
    of duplication and you increase (enormously) the number of places you
    have to touch if anything ever changes in the vma management code.

    Cheers,
    Stephen
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